Sunday, 25 July 2010

My So-Called Memories

Having revisited a bit of Fresh Prince the other day my teenage pop culture memories started flooding back.

It began, at the beginning, with My So-Called Life.

DM Boots,
Lumberjack shirts and red hair dye 
Angela -  the ultimate emo gal pal
Ricky - a powerful insight into how confusing and lonely being a gay teenager can be
Jordan Catalano - literally my only ever 'must have him' crush, the perfect bad boy turned good with the right girl

and one of the best teenage characters ever - Rayanne.
She was one of my first style icons, I a.d.o.r.e.d her hair and was obsessed by her character, so energised, so vunerable and so complex.

I loved that show so much that several years ago I started tracking it down on DVD. I now have the full boxset of the first and only season and it still gets me. Watching it I can feel myself back in my school uniform in mum's living room, devouring every last minute.

"Sometimes someone says something really small and it just fits into this empty place in your heart."


Joey said...

Jordan Catalino's dead! Quickly someone phone channel 4!!

Paper-Rock-Scissors said...

Ok tis true, we heard a rumour at school that Jared Leto had died and hysteria swept my year. I took the initiative and called up Channel 4 on the school's payphone, somehow eventually got put through to the person responsible for the american shows they transmit and had the rumour verified as false. I am not ashamed.

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